Raiders' Ransom, Volume 1 (Google eBook)
Winner of the inaugural Chicken House/London Times Children's Fiction Competition, which called it "a funny, clever, towering adventure." Because of climate change, much of 23rd-century England is underwater. Poor Lilly is out fishing with her trusty first mate, Cat, when greedy raiders pillage the town--and kidnap the Prime Minister's daughter. Her village blamed, Lilly decides to find the girl. Off she sails, in secret. And with a ransom: a mysterious talking jewel. Along the way she forms a wary friendship with Zeph, a punky raider boy. "If I save the Prime Minister's daughter," Lilly reasons, "he's sure to reward me." Little does Lilly know that it will take more than grit to outwit the tricky, treacherous piratical tribes!
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
(I listened to the audio book of this, which employed 2 exceptional voice actors to play the girl and boy lead) This story is set in a post-apocalyptic Britain where floods have devastated the country, infrastructure, and seemingly all technology made after the Victorian days. All in all it was a fun adventure story with humor and sweet characters. The development and differences in cultures of the tribe-like raiders and the poor fishers kept my attention, while the political scheming kept me on my feet. I enjoyed the interactions and point of view narration of the two main kids, and found myself liking both of them. This is not a perfect book, but for later elementary and early middle school students who want to get into science fiction, or at least a different type of future than what the Hunger Games offers, this is a great recommendation.
Review: Raiders' Ransom (Raiders' Ransom #1)User Review - Cheryl - Goodreads
A band of 22nd century raiders, who are part viking part gang, storm Lilly Melkin's quiet village. They kidnap the Prime Minister's daughter and kill Lilly's grandmother. Thirteen-year-old Lilly ... Read full review